December 28, 2019
John Wayne, George "Gabby" Hayes - Find Gold
This is the 5th of the Lone Star Productions/ Paul Malvern produced movies, again directed by veteran Robert N. Livingston (father of cowboy star Bob Steele) and starring John Wayne and George "Gabby" Hayes. Both give fine performances. The plot, typical but well done involves veteran heavies boss Edward Pell, who with henchman ace stuntman Yakima Canutt, Earl Dwire and others are driving out all the ranchers because they know there is gold under their ranches. Pretty Eleanor Hunt, no great actress, is Wayne's love interest. IMDb says between 1930-40 she appeared in 28 movies and then retired from the movies. There are recurring themes or ploys in these films - here Wayne and Hayes are undercover law men - who don't find that out until late in the film, and the use of dynamite to defeat the bad guys. As usual, the action is well paced, avoiding as much as possible fight scenes and instead allowing Wayne to out think the bad guys. Enjoy.